September Makes Me Want to Sing!

 Saying the word September always makes me want to sing. I think its because “September” is in so many classic songs … “September saw a month of tears ..” – Tim McGraw by Taylor Swift “Wake me up when September ends” – Green Day and the classic “Strawberry Wine” by Deanna CarterI still remember when thirty was old. My biggest fear was September when he had to go”. And now just typing this out I realize how sad the references to September were but this past month has been amazing which I’m about to explain below.

Sept started out with an amazing trip up to Hamilton Ontario for CCMA week (Canadian Country Music Association and Awards). Headed up North with my friend miss Ajaye Jardine – in a 2019 Ford Mustang Convertible that Enterprise so generously upgraded us to! Our first stop was in Newark Ohio to play Barrel & Boar with our amazing friend Timothy Paul. Honestly never a dull moment playing there and we absolutely love all the new friends we’ve made up there.

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Ajaye and I

The next day we drove the rest of the way to Hamilton and the CCMA adventures began! I played three showcases over the week and met so many amazingly talented people who I now considered fab friends. It was so great to see familiar faces and create awesome memories with new peeps – Already counting down the time until next year!

It was amazing playing the three showcases because they were all different and special. The Thurs night showcase for the Alberta Country Music Association kicked everything off and it was great to see all my friends that I had spent time with in Red Deer Alberta for the awards back in January. Friday night I was honored to be a part of the Diamonds in the Rough showcase and be able to hear the amazing talent spread far and wide across Canada.

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Diamonds in the Rough Showcase

I also took part in the Diamonds in the rough songwriters round where I showcased more of my songwriting side with tunes that I had written for other projects.

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Selfie before the Awards gala
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Gala Awards Night!

Of course every showcase included “Chasin the Ace” which was my theme for the whole trip! (More about CTA below!)

Heading back to Nashville I had so much of a clearer vision of my music career and goals that I am now setting along the way to launch it past my wildest dreams! I played shows in Nashville at Ole Red, Margaritaville and the Cambria Hotel True Venue. Had some phenomenal writes and demoed a few new tunes. I also built a team around me to help launch and release CHASIN’ THE ACE ….

Mark your calendars! The moment we’ve all been patiently waiting for … OCTOBER 19TH 2018 “Chasin’ The Ace” will officially be released across all platforms!

I am so so so excited about this tune because I not only co-wrote it with my amazing friend Lynn Tessari but I also had the pleasure of Co-Producing it with my phenomenal producer Simon Gugala who produced my first album. You guys are going to be floored by the production here and we’ve had so many amazing compliments across the board on it already! Also… CTA made it into the top ten songwriting competition in Nashville and was reviewed by a major songwriter through Ole Publishing .. Not a bad start to this little tunes big future success 😉

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At the Ole After Party

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Love ya

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It was a whirlwind Spring!

I genuinely hope that everyone is having a great 2018! This is the year where a lot of hard work and determination starts to really pay off and let me tell ya… it’s a paying off!

The reason why I am just getting the Blog posts for the past few months out now is because I have had opportunities popping up all around me! Amazing places to travel to such as – New Orleans to play a private party with my friend Lindsay Lawler, Cabo San Lucas for my sisters wedding, my hometown of Stony Plain to play a few Sold Out shows which included playing a writers round with Nashville Number One songwriter Phillip White! Playing quite a few shows in Louisville Kentucky at Bearno’s Pizza and also adding Country Clubs and University Golf courses to my venue list

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Lindsay and I on our way to New Orleans
James and I at my sister’s wedding in Mexico
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Maek Times. Phillip White, and me!

I also had an amazing time this last week of June travelling up North to tour and play shows with my friend miss Ajaye Jardine! We were busy little bees with back to back shows for 7 days in a row which included Newark Ohio (with our friend Timothy Paul), Keene New Hampshire, Springfield Vermont, Richmond Maryland, Chestertown Maryland and to cap it all off we hit up Tin Roof in Louisville on our way back down to Nashville. No rest for the wicked haha

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Me and my Canadian girl Ajaye Jardine

It’s been an amazing few months and again all that self love has been the main reason on keeping me focused! A little yoga, meditation and journaling in the morning really makes a difference on setting the intentions and pace for the rest of the day.

I am also so excited to now have the mastered copy of Chasin’ the Ace in my hands! I have been working with my publicist on the exact way to launch my new single and we are aiming for a release date at the end of August so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

Also getting super excited that Zack Dyer and I will be heading up to Minneapolis the first week of July to sing at our friends Brian and Prentice’s wedding. I am the ultimate wedding crasher and love taking in all the decorations, music and all the little details J

Right from Minneapolis I will be travelling to Calgary Alberta to showcase at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday July 8th! Such an honor to be playing the Coca Cola stage. If you’re in the area make sure to stop by as we hit the stage at 1:30pm – https://www.calgarystampede.com/mandy-mcmillan

Thank you guys again so much for following along! You can also keep posted on all my updates via Facebook and Instagram at @MandyMcMillanMusic

Keep enjoying the summer sun (with sunscreen lol)

Love

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